• Mondi’s new recycled containerboard machine in Slovakia delivers a win-win solution for environmentally-conscious customers

    • Mondi’s PM19 paper machine at Ružomberok in Slovakia has begun delivering Kraft Top White, an innovative and sustainable new containerboard grade, to customers in Europe
    • Kraft Top White offers a win-win solution with the strength, printability and on-shelf appeal of a white fresh fibre top layer, and a recycled fibre bottom layer
    • The new machine, with a production capacity of 300,000 tonnes per annum,  is part of Mondi’s €370 million investment to upgrade the mill and further reduce its environmental footprint
    • The use of more than 200,000 tonnes of paper for rec
  • CCL Label is Part of NEXTLOOPP – A Project to Further Improve Polypropylene Recycling

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    PP accounts for around 20% of the world’s plastic. It is mostly used in pots, tubs, trays and films for food packaging, but it is also prevalent in non-food household and personal care products.

    At this time precious resources are wasted when PP packaging is either down-cycled or going to waste-to-energy or landfill. As of now there is no possibility to make food-grade PP using mechanically recycled material – all PP food packaging needs to be made from virgin plastics or from rPP that was created through chemical recycling.

    NEXTLOOPP aims to improve this situation by separating food-grade PP using marker technologies.

    Besides packaging suppliers such as CCL Label brand-owners, universities and industry associations as well as end-users in the PP supply chain are supporting the initiative. The goal is to produce the first high-quality FGrPP (food-grade recycled PP) that will be available in the UK by 2022.

    “We have two main reasons to be actively involved with NEXTLOOPP. First of all, the tracers to improve the sortability of polypropylene packaging will most likely be on the labels and sleeves on the pack. As the largest producer of labels we are happy to support to creating the ideal markers with our expertise. Secondly many of our solutions are made from the versatile polypropylene material and we want to include more recycled food grade PP into our products in the future. This is why we are joining the efforts to get the basics right and to establish a great opportunity to create more high-quality recyclate that has a much lower carbon footprint than virgin material”, says Marika Knorr, head of sustainability and communication at CCL Label.

    Professor Edward Kosior, founder and CEO of Nextek Ltd, explains that creating a circular economy for food-grade PP packaging waste fills the enormous gap in the packaging recycling sector and helps reach Net Zero Carbon targets. “It will allow brand owners to meet their recycling targets and significantly reduce the use of virgin plastics from petrochemicals. It will also greatly reduce CO2 emissions and divert waste from landfill and waste-to-energy.”

  • ASAHI AND ESKO UNVEIL BREAKTHROUGH AUTOMATED FLEXO PLATEMAKING SOLUTION AT VIRTUAL.DRUPA

    Tokyo, Japan & Brussels, Belgium, April 21, 2021 – Asahi Photoproducts and Esko have showcased their breakthrough, fully automated flexo platemaking line CrystalCleanConnect at this year’s virtual.drupa event.

  • Smurfit Kappa announces €35 million further investment in Germany

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    The investment will replace the complete press section of the PM2 paper machine with new state-of-the-art technology, increasing the overall efficiency of the manufacturing process. The PM2 is a 7.5 meters wide paper machine, producing both testliner and fluting packaging paper. Production speed will increase to 1250 m/min and upon completion, this world class machine will further strengthen the industrial efficiency of Smurfit Kappa Group's containerboard system. It is expected to be operational from the first quarter of 2023. 

    Saverio Mayer, CEO, Smurfit Kappa Europe said: “This investment will be the final and significant phase of a programme of sustained investment at our Hoya Mill which commenced over a decade ago. Today’s announcement underlines Smurfit Kappa’s continued commitment to developments in leading edge technology and our operations in Germany.” 

    The investment means that CO2 emissions will be reduced by 5,500 tons per annum. 

    Also commenting on the investment, Andreas Noss, Managing Director of the Smurfit Kappa Hoya Mill, said: “This investment will make the PM2 a state-of-the-art light weight paper machine that enables us to meet the changing needs of our customers. It will increase production speed and produce light weight paper in the most efficient and sustainable way possible.” 

    The Hoya site in Germany has been in operation for over 50 years and is a major regional employer, with over 300 people working at the facility. 

  • Brand-New Premium Packaging Plant in Gdansk, Poland, Has SWEDBRAND Well-Positioned to Address Luxury Brand Requirements

    Highest quality customized rigid boxes produced in state-of-the-art factory feature vastly reduced shipping cost and time

    Hongkong, China, April 22, 2021. SWEDBRAND Group, the packaging partner to some of the world’s most iconic brands, today announced the opening of its brand-new converting plant in Poland, Swedbrand Poland Sp z o.o., for premium customized rigid boxes for luxury products.

  • Packaging and commercial offset printing on gold level: hubergroup further enhances the sustainability of its portfolio

    Driving the circular economy, hubergroup Print Solutions now offers a complete Cradle to Cradle Material Health Gold certified portfolio for commercial and packaging offset printing. For this purpose, the international printing ink specialist formulated a new ink range which is based on the low-migration MGA NATURA series and, therefore, suitable especially for printing food packaging. Moreover, the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovations Institute certified a number of water-based coatings of the ACRYLAC series with Gold status.

  • Transparent, Certified Renewable Content, Carbon Neutral Packaging Film

    Innovia Films is launching a new film in its Encore range of Sustainable Polypropylene packaging films.  REF30cn has a high level of certified renewable content (via ISCC PLUS mass balance) specifically achieving carbon neutral on a cradle to gate basis from the Innovia UK site.  Technically the film performance matches that of the fossil-based equivalent so can be used in both high-speed horizontal flow-wrap and overwrap applications.  The film is also fully food contact compliant.

  • Nordic Label – adding digital value for brands with Xeikon Smart Label Solution -Track and Trace

    Smart Labels for Data Driven Business

     

    Lier, Belgium, 31 March 2021 – Nordic Label Oy in Finland is attracting new business and widening its product portfolio using Xeikon smart label technology. The success and uptake of Xeikon’s ‘Track and Trace’ smart label solution is helping to reposition the successful label printer and set them apart from the competition. Since investing in digital five years ago, the over 100 year old company is now at the cutting edge of digital label production in the Nordic regions.  

  • The ASYS Group has added another machine to the Smart generation - the Fully Autonomous Printer SERIO 6000.

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    Numerous features such as tablet operation, offline programming or 3D machine simulation make this possible. New options have been specially developed for the Divisio 5100: Cut control with closed-loop for cutting correction is now available. The deviation from the cut to the pre-milling is continuously monitored and compared with specified limit values. The system checks itself whether the tolerances have been exceeded and controls, if necessary, actively oppose. With the Predictive Setup Control, a camera checks which grippers are equipped and compares them with the loaded order. If the components used do not fit, or if they are not complete, the machine is able to order its equipment independently.

    Autonomy to Infinity
    The SERIO 6000 - the new member of the Smart generation - is the world's first fully automatic printer. The system offers automation in stages - adaptable to the automation level of the existing production. With the smart, autonomous printer, for example, squeegees and stencils can be set up asynchronously. Specific tools for the next product cycle can be stored directly on the printer so that they can be installed automatically at the right time. The setup can be done manually via an operator or autonomously via a cobot. The SERIO 6000 is able to work over several shifts without significant operator intervention.

    Discover the autonomous printer - adapted to your requirements and easily integrated into your autonomous line or production.

     

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